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Stratford-upon-Avon Attractions

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, home of William Shakespeare's Wife

At Shakespeare-upon-Avon the main attractions are themed around the quill-scratching playwrite. Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel to get to grips with the Bard or just relax along the pretty River Avon.

Historic Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is home to the “courting chair” upon which William Shakespeare reputedly wooed his wife Anne. At Mary Arden’s House, the former home of Shakespeare’s mum, rare-breed pigs patted by children by day grunt by night during outdoor performances of Richard III. You can see the Bard’s “second best” bed at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Art and museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Falstaff Experience/Tudor World Museum isn’t all bard news. You’ll also learn about plague, fire and Elizabethan intrigue. The Gallery showcases work by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. At Shakespearience expect gusts of wind, thunder claps and hi-tech wizardry on a romp through the life of you know who.

Quirky things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

You can wander through a tropical rainforest of waterfalls and more than 1,500 winged beauties at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Watch out for the goliath bird-eating tarantula with furry legs almost as long as a small child’s. No, they don’t roam free.

Events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel and join Shakespeare’s April birthday celebrations with street performers and a procession to Holy Trinity Church, the Bard’s last resting place. At the Christmas Festival, Shakespeare’s jollier bearded rival Santa receives visitors in his Winter Wonderland grotto.

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Attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Compton Verney, courtesy of Compton Verney
Compton Verney

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 11am-5pm Mar - Dec 2013; not Mon (annual)

Coughton Court

Opening times:
House: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Gardens: Wed-Sun 11am-5.30pm Mar - Nov 2013; not Mon or Tue (annual)

Chastleton House

Opening times:
Mar 1pm-4pm; Apr-Sep 1pm-5pm; Oct 1pm-4pm Mar - Nov 2013; Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat only (annual)

Hailes Abbey. Courtesy of Laurie Jonas, 3L Consulting Ltd.
Hailes Abbey

Opening times:
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

North Tower, Sudely Castle. Courtesy of Sudeley Castle Estate Office.
Sudeley Castle

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Festival

Dates Open:
24/11/2014 to 24/11/2014

Hanbury Hall

Dates Open:
01/09/2014 to 31/10/2014
06/11/2014 to 19/12/2014
26/06/2015 to 31/08/2015
27/02/2015 to 25/06/2015
01/09/2015 to 31/10/2015

NEC Classic Motor Show. Courtesy of Poppy Seed Media
Classic Motor Show

Dates Open:
11/11/2014 to 13/11/2014

Crafts for Christmas

Dates Open:
04/11/2014 to 07/11/2014

Winter Memorabilia Show

Dates Open:
19/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

Supreme Cat Show

Dates Open:
19/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

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